425th Regimental Association

The regimental home of Company F (RANGER) 425th Infantry

425th Regimental Association Newsletter

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E-Newsletter

Spring 2017

 

 

 

 

NOTE:  If you are using an Army Knowledge Online email address or an email address from your employer, we recommend that you use a personal email account.  This is so we can stay in contact with you regardless of your employment or military status.

Online Membership and Shopping on the Regimental website

You can renew your membership online through the Membership Center on the Association website.  You can also purchase Regimental clothing, coins, license plates, and decals through the Regimental Quartermaster Store.  We accept payment by PayPal, Visa, and Mastercard.

Upcoming Regimental Events – 2017 – Mark your calendars and hold these dates.  Look for more details in future mailings.

Joint 82nd Airborne Division Association/425th Regimental Association Picnic

Saturday. 29 July 2017 / Family Picnic starts at 1100 hrs

Bruce VFW Post /  28404 E. Jefferson Ave,   St. Clair Shores, MI.  (Located between 11 & 12 mile Roads)   

As in the past, the 82nd Association will be supplying hot dogs, hamburgers, condiments, paper plates, utensils, and beer.  (please put a generous donation in the can to cover these and other costs).  The meal is pot luck and those attending are encouraged to bring a dish to pass. The grill opens around noon.

There will be an Association Membership meeting at 1400 in the VFW Club Room.  This is your best opportunity to participate in the decision making of the Association.

Thunder Over Michigan Air Show

David Lincicome will be leading the charge for our parking project at the Willow Run Airport.   It will be the weekend of 2-4 Sep (Labor Day Weekend).  As in the past the Association will receive funds for our coffers in accordance to the number of volunteers we have working the parking concession. We have done well  the past several years.

The more volunteers we have, the more money we make. You can work both days or just one and get to see the air show for free.  This year will feature the Blue Angels, so the crowds will be big. Workers will be provided with lunch and receive their choice of a free 425th Association hat, T-shirt or license plate.   For more details or to volunteer contact David Lincicome at s4@425regiment.org or call him at (810) 560-4665.

3rd Annual Regimental Rendezvous

The Third Annual Regimental Rendezvous will take place at Camp Grayling on 8-10 Sep.  This year members are welcome to come up on Friday night.  We will be using Building 656Q and will have plenty of room.  Tentative plans are for range firing on Saturday with lunch on the range, dinner at the Camp Grayling “O” Club, a military movie fest on Saturday night, and a ceremony at the 425th Memorial Sunday morning.

425th Regimental Association Reunion Dinner

We plan to hold a Reunion Dinner at the Bruce VFW Post in October (Date to be determined)  The estimated cost will be $35 per person.  This will be a catered buffet dinner with an open bar.  This is NOT a formal Dining Out, but an informal “Reunion Dinner.”  We hope that this will be an opportunity for both members and their wives to enjoy the camaraderie of Company F.

Michigan veteran designation for licenses and ID cards

The veteran designation gives veterans an easy way to prove their veteran status to receive discounts from businesses. Eligible veterans may get the designation by visiting any Secretary of State office or when renewing through the mail. The designation is available when you apply for an original or renewal Michigan license or ID at no additional charge. If added at another time, correction fees will apply.  The word “Veteran” will be printed in red on the front of the card.

Military veterans who served in any branch of the U.S. armed forces and have an honorable or under honorable conditions (general) discharge may have a veteran designation printed on their Michigan driver’s license or state identification card.  Qualifying services include the U.S. Air Force, Air Force National Guard, Army, Army National Guard, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy, as well as their Reserve components.

Contact the Michigan Secretary of State office for more information.

Home for wounded veterans being created in Flint

Two men who know the struggle wounded warriors endure are reaching out to offer help. They’re in the process of converting a Flint house into a place veterans can stay and get back on their feet.

“We can assist in certain indescribable issues that only others have faced. There’s no name for it. It’s like the shadow in the corner. We don’t know what to call it, but it’s there,” said Tobias Lerke, of the Veterans Wounded Warrior Foundation.

The home they are working on is in the College-Cultural area of Flint. There are six bedrooms in the 90-year-old house and they hope to have them fixed up and furnished during the next few weeks.

The two men have been making the house as energy efficient as they can. They have switched the lights over to LEDs and have been making the house as draft-free as they can. Toilets have been made low-flow and Retro Foam insulation will be added to the walls and attic. That will help keep the utility bills down so the home will be more affordable.

They don’t plan to charge the veterans until their guests are financially stable. When the first veterans arrive, the two men will provide counseling and help them enroll in the University of Michigan-Flint or Mott Community College.

“We’re just trying to get the home operational. We’re just trying to get it the most optimal healing place, the best air quality, water quality. The best set-up for natural healing,” Lerke said.

“I want this place to be a pillar, like a salvation. A place like a holy Mecca, if you will, so they can come here and feel extremely welcome, they know we’re going to help them once they’re here,” said Markeice Patrick, with the Veterans Wounded Warrior Foundation.

With help from Consumers Energy and the home improvement stores, the two have been able to find some inexpensive items that will lower their energy bills a lot.

Call the Veterans Wounded Warrior Foundation at 248-215-1488 for more information.

Selfridge Military Museum, Air Park to open for season

With the return of spring weather, the Selfridge Military Museum and Air Park will soon once again be open to the general public.

The museum and air park will be open from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays from April 1 to Oct. 29. It will also be open on Independence Day and Memorial Day.

Visitors to the museum and air park will see more than $7 million worth of displays. The site features more than 30 military aircraft, all with a Michigan connection, and thousands of artifacts.

Displays include a full-scale historically accurate replica of a World War I fighter plane, the SPAD XIII, a three-quarter scale historically accurate replica of the Wright Brothers first aircraft, the “Wright Flyer,” an interactive cutaway and motorized World War II aircraft engine, an interactive air traffic control radar display, an extensive display of original aviation art produced by noted aviation artists, a Korean War era “Jeep” and four aircraft cockpit trainers: a modern F-16 “Fighting Falcon,” a Vietnam-era A-7 “Corsair II,” a WWII LINK trainer that guests can sit inside of, and a functional LINK trainer that can only be operated by qualified individuals by appointment.

Displays feature a variety of military memorabilia, including weapons, aircraft engines, military uniforms, military aircraft models and photographs spanning the 100-year history of the base. The air park contains 33 full-size vintage military aircraft from WWI to the present day, plus an assortment of military vehicles and missiles. The large C-130A “Hercules” and P-3B “Orion” aircraft in the air park can be opened up to visitors when weather and the availability of docents permit. Photographs of the interior and exterior displays are permitted for private non-commercial use only.

All of the aircraft on display at the museum were either operated by the Michigan Air National Guard or by another military unit at a base in the state of Michigan.

The museum and air park is located on Selfridge Air National Guard Base, accessible by vehicle only through the Main Gate at the intersection of M-59 and Jefferson Avenue on the south end of Chesterfield Township. For security reasons, guests arriving in a private vehicle driven by someone without a valid government identification card must register for a visitor’s pass at the base’s visitor’s center or main gate and be subjected to a background check. A current and valid driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of vehicle insurance are required.

The facility can also be opened by appointment at other times throughout the year by calling 586-239-5035 or emailing info@selfridgeairmuseum.org.

425th Regimental Association Board of Directors & Contact Information 

President:                    Stewart Boner  – president@425regiment.org

Vice President             Mark Evans – vicepresident@425regiment.org

Secretary:                    Tony Lopiccolo – secretary@425regiment.org

Treasurer:                    Tom Neff  – treasurer@425regiment.org

Historian:                    Don Bugg – historian@425regiment.org

 RCSM:                       Dean Burchill – csm@425regiment.org

Adjutant :                    Bob Wangen – adjutant@425regiment.org

Quartermaster:             David Lincicome – s4@425regiment.org

425th Regimental Association Newsletter – Summer 2016

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E-Newsletter

Summer 2016

NOTE:  If you are using an Army Knowledge Online email address or an email address from your employer, we recommend that you use a personal email account.  This is so we can stay in contact with you regardless of your employment or military status.

Online Membership and Shopping on the Regimental website

You can renew your membership online through the Membership Center on the Association website.  You can also purchase Regimental clothing, coins, license plates, and decals through the Regimental Quartermaster Store.  We accept payment by PayPal, Visa, and Mastercard.

Upcoming Regimental Events – 2016 – Mark your calendars and hold these dates.  Look for more details in future mailings.

Joint 82nd Airborne Division Association/425th Regimental Association Picnic

Saturday. 30 July 2016 / Family Picnic starts at 1100 hrs

Bruce VFW Post /  28404 E. Jefferson Ave,   St. Clair Shores, MI. (Located between 11 & 12 mile Roads)

As in the past, the 82nd Association will be supplying hot dogs, hamburgers, condiments, paper plates, utensils, and beer.  (please put a generous donation in the can to cover these and other costs).  The meal is pot luck and those attending are encouraged to bring a dish to pass. The grill opens around noon.

There will be an Association Membership meeting at 1400 in the VFW Club Room.  This is your best opportunity to participate in the decision making of the Association.

Thunder Over Michigan Air Show

David Lincicome will be leading the charge for our parking project at the Willow Run Airport.   It will be the weekend of 20-21 August.  As in the past the Association will receive funds for our coffers in accordance to the number of volunteers we have working the parking concession. We have done well  the past several years. The more volunteers we have, the more money we make. You can work both days or just one and get to see the air show for free.  Workers will be provided with lunch and receive their choice of a free 425th Association hat, T-shirt or license plate.   For more details or to volunteer contact David Lincicome at s4@425regiment.org.

425th Regimental Association Reunion Dinner

We plan to hold a Reunion Dinner at the Bruce VFW Post on Saturday, September 24th  The estimated cost will be $35 per person.  This will be a catered buffet dinner with an open bar.  This

is NOT a formal Dining Out, but an informal “Reunion Dinner.”  We hope that this will be an opportunity for both members and their wives to enjoy the camaraderie of Company F.

2nd Annual Regimental Rendezvous

The Second Annual Regimental Rendezvous took place at Camp Grayling on 21-22 May.  Building on our experience from last year, the event was a great success.  We had a total of 35 members and guests, an increase over last year’s attendance.

Camp Grayling threw us a curve on the schedule for the range and we had to move to the range immediately upon arrival.  However, Rangers are used to adapting to the situation and our Range Committee handled it with no problem.  Duane Gardner ran the range in a professional manner and range control was happy to work with us.  Even though we told everyone not to bring rifles larger than .30 caliber, someone thought it would be great fun to bring a machine gun.  Yeah, I know it’s a .30 caliber machine gun, but really!

A special thanks to the volunteers who took on the challenge and delivered a great time for all –

The Association Board is already working on evaluating the event and integrating suggestions into the plans for next year’s Rendezvous.  If you didn’t attend, you missed a great time!

Notify DFAS about any changes in your status

Immediately notify the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) about any changes in your dependents, such as births, deaths, marriage or divorce. Updates to SBP elections must be made within one year of the change to comply with federal law.  Immediately notify DFAS

about any changes to your mailing or email address to ensure you receive Army Echoes and all of your DFAS notifications involving your income tax withholding, Survivor Benefit Plan, Arrears of Pay beneficiary, and your retired or annuitant pay.  The fastest and surest way to update DFAS is to use myPay (https://mypay.dfas.mil/mypay.aspx). You can also call DFAS at (800) 321-1080

The Military Wallet

The Military Wallet is a personal finance website for military members, veterans, and their families. Their goal is to help the military community better manage money and understand the variety of programs and benefits available to them.

This is a great One-Stop Shop for veteran benefits, tax and financial advice, military discounts and more.  Go to www.themilitarywallet.com and click on the Subscribe button on the menu get their e-newsletter.

Free Event Tickets for Military & Veterans at VetTix
Many organizations want to honor military members and veterans by offering them or their family members free event tickets. VetTix is an organization that helps distribute these tickets to qualified servicemembers and veterans.  VetTix is free to join, but you will need to provide proof of military service. Examples of free event tickets include concerts, sporting events, community events, exhibitions, and more. This is a great way to have some summer fun without spending much money!

You can learn more this organization here:

http://themilitarywallet.com/vet-tix-veteran-tickets-foundation/

TRICARE’S Nurse Advice Line: the right choice for active adults

Do you know that more than half of all adults 65 and older have three or more chronic medical problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer or arthritis? Older adults can have multiple health problems and not know whether they need to see a doctor or can administer self-care. Have you considered TRICARE’s Nurse Advice Line (NAL)?

If you are suffering from a rash, a sinus infection, or perhaps you just have a common cold; there is help! When you call the NAL, a registered nurse will help you assess if you can handle your health concern with self-care or if you need to see a medical professional.

Since its launch, the NAL has been able to increase patient safety and further ensure a positive patient experience.  Military Health System Patient Centered Medical Home team members can access live NAL information so they are aware of their patients’ situation and can provide follow-up, if needed. The NAL is a great medical assessment tool that provides access to care, especially after hours and when traveling, which is great for retirees on the move. When you don’t know what kind of care you need, the NAL helps you access the right type of care at the right time. The NAL can also help you find a doctor and schedule next-day appointments at military hospitals and clinics when available.

The NAL is an option for beneficiaries to get information on their medical problems quickly and at any time. To access the NAL, dial (800) TRICARE (874-2273) and select option 1. Get more information on the TRICARE website.

Veterans Service Records — Replace DD Form 214, awards:

Retired 4/1/1996 or later: Visit http://soldierforlife.army.mil/retirement/

Click on “Army White Pages” at the bottom, then log in.

Next click on “Click Here to Access Your Army Record.”

Retired 3/31/1996 or earlier: Call Human Resources Command at (888) 276-

9472 or visit http://vetrecs.archives.gov National Personnel Records Center

(Military Personnel Records); 1 Archive Drive. St. Louis, MO 63138-1002

Veterans Affairs (VA) Information http://www.va.gov

Burial & Memorial Benefits: http://www.cem.va.gov/ (877) 907-8199

Benefits and Services: (800) 827-1000 (Retired Soldiers overseas should contact the American Embassy/consulate); TDD (800) 829-4833 http://benefits.va.gov/benefits/

GI Bill: (888) 442-4551; http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/

Health Care Benefits: (877) 222-8387; http://www.va.gov/health

Insurance: SGLI/VGLI: (800) 419-1473; All other insurance: (800) 669-8477

Michigan veteran designation for licenses and ID cards

The veteran designation gives veterans an easy way to prove their veteran status to receive discounts from businesses. Eligible veterans may get the designation by visiting any Secretary of State office or when renewing through the mail. The designation is available when you apply for an original or renewal Michigan license or ID at no additional charge. If added at another time, correction fees will apply.  The word “Veteran” will be printed in red on the front of the card.

Military veterans who served in any branch of the U.S. armed forces and have an honorable or under honorable conditions (general) discharge may have a veteran designation printed on their Michigan driver’s license or state identification card.  Qualifying services include the U.S. Air Force, Air Force National Guard, Army, Army National Guard, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy, as well as their Reserve components.

Contact the Michigan Secretary of State office for more information.

Second Annual Regimental Rendezvous – May 2016

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DSC_4311 (2)The Second Annual Regimental Rendezvous took place at Camp Grayling on 21-22 May.  Building on our experience from last year, the event was a great success.  We had a total of 35 members and guests, an increase over last year’s attendance.

The weather was perfect all weekend; 75 degrees, clear sky, light breeze.  How many times were we at Camp Grayling when the slogan, “If it ain’t raining, it ain’t training,” was appropriate?  This was certainly not one of those!

Camp Grayling threw us a curve on the schedule for the range and we had to move to the range immediately upon arrival.  However, Rangers are used to adapting to the situation and our Range Committee handled it with no problem.  Duane Gardner ran the range in a professional manner and range control was happy to work with us.  Even though we told everyone not to bring rifles larger than .30 caliber, someone thought it would be great fun to bring a machine gun.  Yeah, I know it’s a .30 caliber machine gun, but really!

DSC_4067 (2)Bob Saier was the master chef in our lobby kitchen, preparing Saturday lunch and breakfast, Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast.  Their menu ideas were excellent as was the quality of their food.   There was more food than anyone could eat and no one went away hungry.

Building 656Q was in good shape and the issuing people worked well with us by adding lots of extra rooms as more members showed up.  Hey guys, maybe next year you can register ahead of time?

DSC_4336 (2)After an evening of reliving events of the early days of Co F as well as the two deployments to Iraq, we ended the weekend by reading the roll of our fallen members at our unit Memorial Monument in the Memorial Garden of the Camp Grayling Chapel.  The memorial service was concluded with our Regimental Prayer.

A special thanks to the volunteers who took on the challenge and delivered a great time for all –

The Association Board is already working on evaluating the event and integrating suggestions into the plans for next year’s Rendezvous.  If you didn’t attend, you missed a great time!